October 28th, 2020

Utility relocation construction underway on far northside

By Mabell, Dave on October 30, 2019.

Heavy machinery works Tuesday afternoon along 13 Street North. Crews are preparing for a new sewer trunk line which has the section of road closed between Uplands Boulevard and 40 Avenue North. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


While construction is underway on new features at Legacy Regional Park, crews are preparing for two different projects immediately to its west.

Survey stakes are already in place for a located Atco natural gas trunk line, alongside an electrical service relocation that will see cables buried in a vault. That work, just east of the existing 13 Street North, is required before Lethbridge’s transportation department can get started on what will eventually become a four-lane extension of Scenic Drive North.

Meanwhile, a section of 13 Street North is being closed to allow construction of a new sewer trunk line.

Traffic will be diverted through the Legacy Ridge neighourhood while 13 Street is shut between Uplands Boulevard and 40 Avenue North. The road is expected to reopen by the weekend.

Scenic Drive project spokesperson Robert Kovacs says it’s hoped both utility relocation projects can be completed over the winter.

The ultimate design would see Scenic become a four-lane divided roadway all the way to 62 Avenue North, currently the city limit. The route would then turn east to link with an access road to the long-planned Lethbridge bypass route – running north of Coalhurst, Lethbridge and Coaldale – rejoining the existing Highway 3 near Tempest.

Shorter-term plans show an upgraded Scenic Drive built past Legacy Park, from Uplands Boulevard North to a new intersection serving the Hardieville neighbourhood. Later, it would be extended to the Pavan Park entrance and Royal View Cemetery.

While Atco would pay the costs of relocating its pipeline, Kovacs says, the power line relocation would be covered by Lethbridge’s electrical utility.

The sewer trunk link, part of a $10-million upgrade to the northside system, will help handle increasing volumes of wastewater as the Sherring business and industrial park continues to grow. Work is also continuing at the western end of the upgrade project, where new handling structures will manage the flow down to the wastewater treatment plant in the valley below.

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